“A room with a view” isn’t always as advertised (and no, a peek at the Grand Canal in Venice or London’s Big Ben in the distance doesn’t qualify). The most memorable hotel rooms offer views you can’t find on the ground, and access to unique vantage points—the Taj Mahal in India, towering red rock formations in Arizona—is the reason to check in.
After a day of hiking Machu Picchu in Peru, for instance, there is no better retreat than the Imperial Suite at the JW Marriott Cusco, with its terrace overlooking the city’s red rooftops and the Andes Mountains. Or try the peaceful penthouse suite at the New Hotel in Athens, where you can gaze at the Acropolis without interruption from the city's dynamic energy.
From Tokyo to New York City, the stunning views from these hotels make them destinations in their own right.